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The SteelDrivers

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Nashville, Tennessee is a nexus – a point where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art. It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvain Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans – each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

The band’s self-titled debut album, to be released in January of 2008 by Rounder Records, is simply startling: a set of eleven new originals that profoundly resonate with classic bluegrass soul while exploring entirely modern lyrical and harmonic byways. The blistering, soulful vocals of guitarist and songwriter Chris Stapleton immediately announce that this is dark and dangerous terrain, which the SteelDrivers’ proudly rugged ensemble playing quickly confirms.

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  • UncleL-Bow

    I was unfamiliar with this band. Hadn't been for love is such a genuine sounding track. Reminds me of the Country Greats i.e. George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson ect. Great sound, great song writing!!

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • crazzyd77

    Like

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Bubbanc

    my new favorite band

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TimFoolery

    Make more music.

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • littlemwayne

    Man, I'm gonna miss you in this group, Chris Stapleton!

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • d3vil0ck

    damn, this is great

    6 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LandonGordy

    Steeldrivers lead singer Chris Stap;eton has to be one of the most souful singers i have ever heard. I have seen them live three times and every time was better then the last. Iwould lave to be able to find the song where rainbows never die. Awewsome band!

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    These guys have a great sound - I hope the second album is released soon!!

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • mparrott624

    "as the buzzards make room for the worms" what a great band

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • D33PPURPLE

    I'm still laughing that Carrie Underwood won over these guys. fuckin' grammys. Everyone is damn deaf.

    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ravenguy2000

    One of the best albums of 2008, one of the best of the decade.

    9 Jan 2009 Reply
  • clower962

    You can't beat this.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • triumphator

    Conando!

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • abeilles

    DIG.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • MXB2001

    Saw 'em on Conan and right after turned off TV and ran to Computer to find out more. My kinda music!

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • cassisaari

    Hot shit.

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
  • jgreer3000

    I saw the Conan performance and it was a wrap for me. I immediately downloaded the album.

    30 Jul 2008 Reply
  • weemies

    Loved the Conan performance big time.

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mandobaron

    these guys (and girl) rock so hard

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mathewww

    They killed on Late Night. Immensely talented.

    21 Jul 2008 Reply
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